My latest paranormal thriller–Serpent Egg Rapture–is the second novel in my Eggsquisite Corpse Thriller Series. As much as I’m thrilled to see my literary vision expanded into the next book of such a provocative series, I’m just as enthused about the cover design for the book because of the way it materialized.
I’m truly fortunate that the radiant Emily Billingsley graces the cover of Serpent Egg Rapture. We celebrated her cover model selection by publisher Hydra Publications with a joint signing for the book launch held August 10th.
Her participation in the book cover process resulted from her prior cosplay of the recurring character Sirena Martell, who debuted in the pages of the Eggsquisite Corpse Thriller Series launch–Cosmic Egg Rapture.
Here is a photo of Emily in full Sirena cosplay splendor last year at the Cincinnati Comic Expo, where she strolled the convention center with a copy of the book displayed as pictured and distributed Cosmic Egg Rapture business cards with “Sirena’s Special” for purchase of the book at the Hydra Publications booth.
Hopefully, we’ll have many more opportunities for joint author/cover model signing events. We next appear at Half Price Books in Florence, Kentucky on Saturday September 7th from Noon-4pm.
I’m set to join the Hydra Publications booth at the Cincinnati Comic Expo again this year for the Sept. 21-22 weekend, and I hope Emily will join me for at least one of those days.
I’m also scheduled for two upcoming conventions in Louisville; the Imaginarium Convention from Oct. 11-13 and GalaxyCon from Nov. 22-24. Maybe Emily will cosplay and sign with me at those great events, too!
Fret not, though, if unable to make one of these signing events. I have signed copies of both Cosmic Egg Rapture and Serpent Egg Rapture available for purchase in the U.S. by clicking this link:
Both books are also available from Amazon.
Oh, and lastly but certainly by no means least, I must add that photographer Bob Willcutt photographed Emily for the book cover image at the Willcutt Guitars corporate studio in Lexington, Kentucky. His colleague Tom Jones actually designed the book cover that the publisher used. Many thanks to both of them for their great work!
So, now, I’ll let Emily bring a close to this blog with Sirena’s message for the ages:
I’m Eggstatic that my Surrealist thriller–Cosmic Egg Rapture–was juried for permanent display and sale at an amazing art gallery in the Ohio River town of Vevay, Indiana!
Hooyay, Community Art Center of Switzerland County!
The news came with the announcement that I also was selected to participate in the art center’s Rivertown Art Walk from June 7-9 in Vevay. The three-day event showcases an enclave of artists and artisans in media ranging from steampunk guitar sculpture and gorgeous stained glass artwork to dazzling egg creations and fantastic paintings .
For me, this honor reflects the essence of the concepts, techniques, and works of the magnificent artist Salvador Dali, which I embraced in my creation of Cosmic Egg Rapture. Here is a list of a few of those elements with media to match:
1. Salvador Dali Always Rises and Never Dies…Here I re-enact this surreal performance that Dali delivered in New York in 1965. His performance and its re-enactment by the characters in Cosmic Egg Rapture figure prominently throughout the suspense thriller.
2. The Surrealist Woman…Make no mistake-the Cosmic Egg Rapture heroine Sirena is The Surrealist Woman. This theme of the mysterious woman endowed with extrasensory aura recurs throughout surrealism in all media, including literature, but this recent music video inspired by an unmade film collaboration between Dali and the Marx Brothers just absolutely nails it!
3. Paranoiac Critical Method…This concept of induced hallucinatory state of mind to open a portal to the surrealist dimension in which both conscious and unconscious creativity fuse is a magical one that Dali illustrates to perfection in his painting, Metamorphosis of Narcissus. The video below provides an intriguing look into Dali’s application of this concept. I did my utmost to apply the paranoiac critical method through my own conversion of it into the literary trance that produced Cosmic Egg Rapture.
There’s even more to the Dali-Cosmic Egg Rapture connection, but you can read the rest of those for yourself if you like. Signed copies of Cosmic Egg Rapture are available for $15 (with special free shipping discount code) through my website at RobbHoffAuthor.com. Readers who prefer Kindle can LookInside for a sample of Cosmic Egg Rapture through this link to Amazon..
SERPENT EGG COVER REVEAL
Thanks to model Emily Billingsley, photographer Bob Willcutt, and cover designer Tom Jones for this striking Serpent Egg Rapture book cover!
Due for release in June by Hydra Publications, Serpent Egg Rapture is the sequel to the first paranormal suspense novel of my Eggsquisite Corpse Thriller series – Cosmic Egg Rapture, only this time the lovely Sirena and her soulmate Uriel find their lives disrupted by a surreal mission that jeopardizes their lives and souls as they confront the very embodiment of ancient evil.
The cover reveal will be in full display at the 9th Annual Kentuckiana Independent Authors Fair on April 20th in LaGrange, Kentucky. I’ll be there with copies of my occult horror novels–Contract With The Lycanthrope and Crackers For A Lycanthrope– for sale, in addition to the Salvador Dali-haunted, Cosmic Egg Rapture.
I’ll give away a signed print of the cover copy at the event, but you don’t have to be at the authors fair to win. Pre-order Serpent Egg Rapture at a special FREE SHIPPING offer with the discount code “EGG” to enter!
Cosplayer Chryssi Rose graciously modeled with my occult horror novel Contract With The Lycanthrope at the FrankfortCon Pop Culture Event in January.Read More
The 2018 Holiday season transformed into one Hairy Howlidaze for me, once my occult horror novel Contract With The Lycanthrope started to stand on its own four legs!
The Hairy Howlidaze kicked off with a guest appearance on The Star Chamber Show produced by author/publisher/filmmaker extraordinaire Stephen Zimmer. What a blast! It was a great forum for me to discuss all things related to my 2018 paranormal suspense novel Cosmic Egg Rapture, as well as the release of Contract With The Lycanthrope. Have a listen!
Then I kicked off December with more Hairy Howlidaze ahead….The Louisville SuperCon was three days of big buzz that included the legendary Linda Blair posing with a copy of Cosmic Egg Rapture:
And then there was the Salvador Dali cosplay:
And some more Dali cosplay with the talented Chryssi Rose:
Now that the New Year is closing fast, there’s one last thing to wrap! Multi-talented creative Glen Porzig decided to feature me on the debut episode of his The Blurb TV podcast. Here’s a picture before Glen and I dug into the bones of Contract With The Lycanthrope and Cosmic Egg Rapture:
So it was…this Hairy Howlidaze heading into a New Year full of promise…and fangs!
The plan is for publisher Hydra Publications to release the trade paperback edition of Contract With The Lycanthrope in January. Until then, this dive into the deranged occult is available on Kindle:
And if less gore is your thing, but you still enjoy paranormal suspense of a Surrealist bent, then check out Cosmic Egg Rapture:
Have a Howling New Year!
Cosmic Egg Rapture coming to SuperCon in Louisville!
Look for cosplay Sirena at the Louisville SuperCon Nov. 30-Dec. 2! She’ll have “Sirena’s Special” business cards for show goers to take advantage of discounted copies of Cosmic Egg Rapture. I’ll be at Booth N9 in ARTIST ALLEY all three days of the event with not only copies of Cosmic Egg Rapture but also a limited number of my 1990’s folk horror classic, Crackers For A Lycanthrope. This “Wolfman” painting below marks the way to my booth!
On a final note, I have to say I was quite honored to be invited to the 37th Annual Kentucky Book Fair in Lexington, Ky. on Nov. 16-17. The Friday night festivities and author signing event on Saturday were a blast! The Cosmic Egg Rapture book cover was featured with my bio and book synopsis in the book fair catalog.
Cosmic Egg Rapture Kindle Book for $0.99 August 1-3 on Amazon.com
I'm pleased to be among the Hydra Publications authors who are participating in a three-day $0.99 Kindle book sale from August 1-3 on Amazon. The sale features the first books of series by Hydra authors, including my Surrealistic Cosmic Egg Rapture, the fantastic fantasy novel Virtue and Vengeance by M.A. Liguori, and the assassin thriller Defined by Mary Ellen Quire.
Vengeance: A Samantha Tyler Thriller marks the start of an intriguing literary pursuit for Hydra Publications authors Tony Acree and Rachael Rawlings, who collaborated to spin-off the heroine of Acree's supernatural action-packed, Victor McCain Thriller series – the beautiful and battle-tested Samantha Tyler.
"The way this happened is that for years people said that Samantha needs her own books," Acree said of the genesis for the series, adding that Rawlings was more than up for the challenge to bring Samantha Tyler to new life.
The pair held a plot meeting to get their collaboration underway then developed the novel through the exchange of ideas and feedback for Rawlings to craft the work. Acree supplied input for the action scenes and the political backdrop to ensure that their heroine remained hellbent on one thing – vengeance.
"The book is called Vengeance for a reason," Acree said. "She's looking for payback."
For Rawlings, the undertaking was a first in a couple ways but most definitely not her first novel-writing rodeo by a long shot. She is the published author of a dozen romance and mystery novels, including three series.
"This is the first action one I've ever done," she said of Vengeance, which is also her first collaboration. "It was fun."
While the pair now share their Vengeance title, more collaborations are on the horizon for Acree, who is also principal publisher of Hydra. He has paired with Hydra imprint publisher Sarah Gardiner to bring another new dimension to the Victor McCain Thriller series – film.
"Somebody asked me to write a screenplay," related Acree. "I never have, but Sarah has, so I asked her and she said, 'Let's collaborate.'"
For Gardiner, delving into the Victor McCain Thriller series made the prospect of translating the novels to screen an intriguing pursuit:
"It has to be the perfect mix of the quality, the time, and the need in the market."
Gardiner envisions the adaptability of the project for feature film and/or a television series. Acree had already begun the process of condensing his series into a format suited for screenplay adaptation prior to his collaboration with Gardiner, which is in the developmental stage for production.
As if that weren't enough irons in the fire for Acree, he has one more collaboration in the works. This one is with The Mind Bending series author, Lynn Tincher, whose Afterhoughts novel was optioned for film and is in pre-production right now.
Acree and Tincher are working on a novel that will merge Acree's Victor McCain Thriller series with Tincher's stunningly parapsychological Mind Bending series. This combo and the other collaborations have the makings for one wild ride for Acree and Hydra Publications for the remainder of 2018 and beyond.
Robb Hoff is author of Cosmic Egg Rapture: An Eggsquisite Corpse Thriller series, published by Hydra Publications.